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Friday, 4 November 2011

Belligerent gang member sentenced to life in home invasion murder

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Before being sentenced to life in prison for gunning down Marquis Lovings in front of four terrified witnesses, Patrick Taylor loudly insisted it was clear he didn’t commit the 2006 home invasion and murder. “If I’d killed him, I would have killed everybody in the motherf---in’ house,” Taylor said during a 30-minute, obscenity-laced tirade Thursday at his sentencing hearing that included repeated assurances his convictions would be thrown out on appeal. “I don’t care about the sentence. I’m coming back,” said Taylor, 43, an acknowledged gang member convicted earlier this year of killing Lovings after breaking into his Rolling Meadows condo in a search for money and drugs. Lovings, 30, was an aspiring rap musician and producer, but Cook County prosecutors contended he also sold marijuana — which led to the Aug. 16, 2006, break-in that ended with Taylor shooting him in front of four other people. All four identified Taylor as the gunman, but another man involved in the break-in has never been identified. In imposing the maximum prison term, Judge Hyman Riebman labeled Taylor “a lifetime sociopath” who showed absolutely no remorse for Lovings’ death. “This defendant is lacking in human decency and concern for human life,” Riebman said, noting Taylor had three prior felony convictions, including one for a shooting that wounded three people and was “eerie” in its similiarity to Lovings’ murder. Taylor, who was handcuffed and surrounded by seven sheriff’s deputies, called the judge “a clown” and argued he didn’t kill Lovings. “They had no physical evidence on me that I committed this crime. No fingerprints match me. No phone records put me in the house,” said Taylor, who was arrested nearly a year later after he was seriously wounded in an unrelated shooting. He taunted prosecutors, a police officer and Lovings’ family members in the courtroom, then predicted he’d collect millions in a lawsuit after his convictions were overturned. “I’ll buy me a big house in Rolling Meadows ’cause you paid for it,” Taylor said. Lovings’ relatives were pleased Taylor received a life sentence. “He has no remorse,” said Brandon Watts, Lovings’ younger brother.

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